Self-esteem moderates the effects of daily rejection on health and wellbeing
A daily diary methodology was used to investigate the effects of rejection on daily health and well-being as well as the moderating role of self-esteem. Participants completed an online diary for two weeks, reporting on rejection, mental well-being/resources, risky health behaviors, and health-related outcomes. Overall, daily rejection was associated with decreases in mental well-being/resources but not with health behaviors or health-related outcomes. Additionally, self-esteem played an important moderating role. On high rejection days low self-esteem individuals were more likely to engage in risky health behaviors, and on the day following a high rejection day they reported decrements in health and well-being. Discussion centers on possible self-regulatory explanations for these findings and implications for the health of individuals with low self-esteem.
Ford, M. B. & Collins, N. L. (2013). Self-esteem moderates the effects of daily rejection on health and wellbeing. Self and Identity, 12, 16-38. https://doi.org/10.1080/15298868.2011.625647